The Three Biggest Talking Points As The Six Nations Continues
After a single weekend to catch our collective breath, the Guinness Six Nations roars into action once again – are you ready?! While Ireland have perhaps the most straight-forward task of their tournament, visiting Rome to take on Italy, there’s intrigue across the entire slate of matches – including a Millennium Stadium meeting that might decide the title’s destination!
Matters get underway on Saturday with France v Scotland (14.15 kick-off), with the heavyweight clash of Wales v England to follow (16.45) before the Irish and Italians become reacquainted on Sunday (15.00). As always, you’ll see every try and tackle on Virgin Media One (Virgin TV 103) – and as we prepare for the opening whistle, these are the questions we can’t wait to have answered!
COULD CARDIFF CLASH BE A GRAND OCCASION?
With only two unbeaten teams remaining, it’s all eyes on Cardiff for a game where someone’s 0 has to go. OK, they could draw, but that doesn’t happen very often! Saturday afternoon’s showdown has all the makings of a classic, as a Welsh team chasing a record 12th consecutive victory welcomes a rampant English side. The winner will be well set to chase not just the Championship spoils but also a Grand Slam…although maybe that’s looking too far ahead!
IS THE GREEN MACHINE RUNNING SMOOTHLY?
While England’s storming of Dublin was the rudest of awakenings, Ireland’s campaign returned to the straight and narrow with a much-needed Murrayfield victory in Round 2. But while Italy are unlikely to provide much of an examination next up, there are still questions for Joe Schmidt’s men to answer before we can have full confidence that normal service has resumed; that opening weekend will live long in the memory, like it or not!
HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE LES BLEUS?
Midway through their opening fixture, France led 16-0, and things in Paris looked rather pretty. In the 120 minutes since, they’ve scored 11 points, conceded 68, and have a solitary losing bonus point to thank for keeping them from the foot of the table. Coach Jacques Brunel, meanwhile, had pledged to bring consistency to his selection…before making six changes from one week to the next. We used to say we’d never know which French team will show up; now, we’re becoming a little more sure of it – and the answer isn’t good. It’s enough to make you say sacré bleu!
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